Maria Grazia Chiuri didn’t choose Mexico randomly, as for her it’s a constellation of places that spark emotions, a “place of the soul,” just as it was for many surrealist artists. In Mexico City, in an ambiance like no other, Maria Grazia Chiuri has once again forged strong ties with local artisans, who obviously excelled, and let their expertise shine with original embroideries, co-creations crafted with their ateliers, notably adorning dresses and shirts. All of this creativity exudes from Dior’s Cruise 2024 collection which was showcased in a venue that reflects the personal dimension that guided Maria Grazia Chiuri towards it as the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso is where the iconic Mexican painter studied. We’re talking about Frida Kahlo whose emblematic figure continues to offer a powerful connection to this culture, celebrated at the heart of the Dior Cruise 2024 collection.
In her day, the talented artist transcended her body through her clothes, which became representation, proclamation, protest, and affirmation. It’s as if she was a cocoon concealing a butterfly that meta-morphed into a motif unfolding in multiple shades and forms, through a series of prints. From the moths that came to life on the silhouettes based on a sketch by Andrée Brossin de Méré from the Dior archives to the butterflies populating the Toile de Jouy illustrating Mexican flora and fauna alongside parrots, monkeys and strelitzias that also illuminate the paintings of Frida Kahlo, creativity transcended time and space.
In short, Maria Grazia Chiuri had a rich source of inspiration that was reflected not through the collection’s creations only, but the whole Dior Cruise 2024 show.